Author Spotlight: Tony Horwitz

By Alyssa S. Although restrictions are slowly lifting, life isn’t exactly back to normal in the age of COVID-19, so how about some fun and educational armchair travel with one of my favorite nonfiction writers, Tony Horwitz? When the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, embedded journalist, war correspondent, and historian died suddenly a year ago at age […]

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Spring Migration and Hyperlocal Birding

By Alyssa S. For bird lovers, spring migration is a magical time. An unusual visitor or an unfamiliar song amidst the usual voices incites wonder, and we welcome the return of reliable favorites. With the current stay-at-home order, many people have more opportunity to observe the migration occurring through our own yards and neighborhoods. Yearly […]

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Adventure and Calamity at Sea

by Alyssa S While I don’t own a boat, and the longest water voyage I’ve ever taken was an overnight ferry from Ireland to France, I do love a perilous, eventful sea story, whether fact or fiction. I’m fascinated by the Shackleton expedition, by Polynesians and Vikings and their ability to navigate long distances without […]

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Gimme Shelter

by Marie B. It’s time to deploy my winter plan, which involves donning my fuzzy slippers, procuring a warm beverage, and hunkering down with a good read. Yes, storms may be raging outside, but I will be snug as a bug.  Still, I do love the spectacle of stormy weather. Luckily, there are numerous books […]

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Harvey Awards

By Kaley Nominees for the Harvey Awards have been announced, and it looks like a solid selection to choose from. The Harvey Awards started in 1988 as a way for peers in the comics industry to celebrate exceptional work. This year they’ll award creators for Book of the Year, Digital Book of the Year, Best […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Memoirs and Biographies

by Lois H. Happy June and welcome to another month of Beyond Bestsellers! I hope you had some good laughs last month as we celebrated all things humorous. This month, we’ll be taking a walk in another person’s shoes. That’s right—it’s Memoir and Biography month. Need a refresher on Beyond Bestsellers? Here’s a quick rundown.

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Under the Sea

by Marina M. I don’t like to date myself but, in this case, it’s necessary. I was in 8th grade and taking an oceanography class when The Little Mermaid came out. That was almost thirty years ago. The combination of those two events led me to a life-long interest of marine life and marine biology. […]

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Bon Voyage, Armchair Travel!

by Marie B Vacations exist only because they serve as breaks from the norm. Alas, our vacation by book must come to a close now. I hope you’ve enjoyed traveling with us via Beyond Bestsellers: Armchair Travel. If you missed the boat, you can still take our quiz and discover your reading destination. Did you travel […]

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Disease and Medicine in History

by Jennifer K. I love a good disease book. What (you may ask) makes a good disease book? First of all, I want to learn what the disease does to the human body. In clearly understandable layman’s terms, tell me about the disgusting symptoms, the horrifying rate of transmission, the tragic death toll. Anecdotes full […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Armchair Travel

By Marie B Whether you enjoy reading someone else’s real life exploits, immersing yourself in a locale by way of a great story, or simply looking at the pictures, books can take you where you want to go. This month for Beyond Bestsellers we’ll look at books with a focus on places other than home.  […]

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